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| Takin' It on the Chinchou
Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!
|| August 23, 2001
| United States
|| September 28, 2002
Takin' It on the Chinchou (Japanese: たびだてうみへ！チョンチーぎょうれつ！！ Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!), is the 212th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 23, 2001 and in the United States on September 28, 2002.
On their way to the Whirl Cup competition, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur. Long ago seismological forces had combined to lift the mountain out of the depths of the sea, bringing along with it the undersea nesting ground of these Chinchou. Guided by instinct, these sea Pokémon continue to lay eggs there even though the land is now above water. Ash and friends join a father and son appointed this year by the village to protect the Chinchou on their journey—and it's a good thing these Pokémon Trainers were along because it turns out Team Rocket has designs on the migrating Chinchou as well.
The episode starts off with Ash and his friends riding a cable car to what they think is Bluefinland, where they want to take a ferry to Yellow Rock Isle. They quickly find out that the cable car will stop at another town called Blue Lagoon, however. When they get off, they see a lake in a crater surrounded by forests and the town. A Chinchou comes up and looks around, Ash takes out Dexter to see what it is. Seeing this looks like a perfectly good opportunity, Misty tosses a Poké Ball attempting a capture, but the Poké Ball bounces off the Chinchou! A boy's voice is heard, yelling the name "Bright", well looks like that ruined Misty's ambition. The boy gets to the Chinchou, but it hops away. Ash goes around and cuts the Chinchou off but it ends up using Spark on Ash. The boy explains about what's going on and introduces himself as Dayton. Team Rocket, spying on them as usual, tries to get the scoop on what the gang is doing now. Maybe the Chinchou could be a good snag.
At Blue Lagoon, it looks like a festival is going on. Ash is at the Pokémon Center calling Professor Oak to get any information about this place. It appears that the island was made when an underwater mountain came up, its crater trapping the water. The festival going on is when the Chinchou make their journey from Blue Lagoon to the ocean. Ash offers to help out with the journey, after all, it's a long ways down.
Dayton and his father Daizō are at a pier, while the gang waits with them. Daizō blows on a whistle and the lake begins to glow, which the glow gets closer and closer. Then numerous Chinchou come out to the pier and towards Bright. Then they are off. They go through the town and the citizens splash water over the Chinchou which is supposed to give them energy for the long haul. Their first stop comes upon a familiar looking rope-bridge. Bright doesn't really want to go but Dayton encourages him and they start off. At the end of the rope bridge, they come across a tower with Team Rocket on it. Meowth gets out a gizmo and press the button on it, yet nothing happens. Meowth keeps hitting it, and still nothing happens. Using this time, Ash tells the others to run for it. Brock, Misty, Daizō and half of the Chinchou run across to the other side. Meowth finally slams down on the control, breaking it and a missile fires out. Just above the bridge, the missile fires a net, which gets caught on the bridge. The net pulls the rope bridge into it and it sinks down towards the river. It would be now or never so Ash had Pikachu Thunderbolt them out.
Seeing there's no way to get across the river, the two parties decide they should go a separate way to the ocean. After a while, Bright gets tired and stops, all the other Chinchou feel tired for some reason. Dayton thinks maybe they should get some water, it helped them before. So Ash gets out Totodile and says to use Water Gun, but Totodile thinks it's an attack, so he aims directly, Ash stops him just before the attack. Totodile now gets the idea and shoots the water straight up. The rain effect energizes all the Chinchou and it seems everything is good to go. They come across a mountain pass as the night passes on. Dayton steps on a loose rock and falls down, way down into the valley below. Ash tries calling a few times to see if he's still there, but no answer.
Dayton wakes up at the bottom, now feeling lost as there's no other way back up. Ash continues to call as he walks by, but Bright senses something and makes his way down a path into the valley. Dayton starts to hear the Chinchou and then he sees the light they produce and finally meets up with Ash. They make one last walk through the forest and finally come up to the beach, where Brock, Misty, and the others are already there. The Chinchou start to run towards each other but as soon as they meet up, they get caught in a pitfall! When the dust clears, Team Rocket in their balloon has caught the Chinchou! James sends out Weezing and it does SmokeScreen, creating a thick cover for their escape. Pikachu tries using ThunderShock but can't manage to hit them. Seeing that they can't find them, Dayton yells to Bright to shine his light so they can see where they might be. The Chinchou start to make a bright light and it seeps through the smoke. Ash sends out Bayleef and Totodile. Totodile makes a hole in the smoke with Water Gun, followed by Bayleef using Razor Leaf to cut the cages. It doesn't seem to work. There might be still a chance, so Dayton yells to the Chinchou to use Thunder Wave. The Chinchou start to build up electricity and soon enough, the cage breaks and they land in the ocean. Pikachu gives them a Thunderbolt followed by all the Chinchou using an amplified Spark, sending the Rockets sky high.
Bright comes back to Dayton to the shore, both can't seem to separate just yet. Dayton tells Bright he'll be alright, besides, they're coming back. A wave sweeps up Bright before Dayton could say anything else.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket float in the ocean, waiting for something to help them. They see a bunch of yellowish bulbs and think rescue has come. When they jump on it, it was really the Chinchou, and they give them the last shock.
Later, they arrive in Bluefinland. The gang catches a ferry to Yellow Rock Island, saying their goodbyes to Dayton and Daizō while doing so. But at the last minute on a wave barrier, a lone Corsola sits. Misty almost dives towards it but Ash and Brock grab her and restrains her from jumping off just to get it.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Smoochum (US and international), Chinchou (Japan)
- The English title of this episode is a pun of the phrase "Taking it on the chin".
- The costumes that Team Rocket is wearing at the beginning of the episode are the same costumes that they wore in the episode Spinarak Attack, when they were pretending to be The Black Arachnid.
- Meowth breaks the launcher control for Team Rocket's "capture missile" in half trying to make it launch, but after the rocket has taken off, the controller is once again whole and undamaged. However, this may simply be an example of anime physics.
- Daizō calls his son Payton instead of Dayton once.
- Ash pluralizes Chinchou as "Chinchous". However, names of Pokémon are never pluralized with an S, so the correct term would simply be "Chinchou".
- When Pikachu tries to attack Team Rocket through the Smokescreen, Jessie said that Pikachu's Thunder won't work. However, it was using Thunder Shock.
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